transitive verb
Definition - A verb that has to have a direct object to complete its meaning. It expresses an action that is passing over to something else.
Note: As opposed to an intransitive verb which has no direct object and which expresses an action that does not pass over to something else.

Example -
She bought a dog
(In the above, bought is a transitive verb and dog is the direct object.)

Etymology -
The term derives from the Late Latin transitivus, which literally means "that may pass over (to another person)."

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation in this sense is from 1590:
"A verbe transitiue … is such … as passeth ouer his signification into some other thing, as when I say, ‘I loue God’."
(J. Stockwood Rules Constr. 64)



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